Weekly Rewind number 12 already, the Dirty Dozen; I’m half expecting Lee Marvin and Telly Savalas to burst through the window at any moment. It’s been an eventful and emotional week, all kicked off as usual by Linux Outlaws on Monday night. Unusually though for us we actually started the live show on time. I don’t know how it happend or if it will ever happen again but at least we can say we did it once right? If you’d like to listen to the live show and get involved in IRC, head to linuxoutlaws.com/live and join in the fun.
On Tuesday night I went to see the Script Frenzy folks for our final meeting before THE BIG DEADLINE dun dun dun!! It was a lot of fun but I didn’t get any writing done. I think I’ve learned that going to bars to meet people and supposedly write doesn’t work for me. Purely as a way of getting work done I mean, I enjoy it socially. I get too easily distracted in these environments. To be honest I could probably get distracted stuck on my own in a darkened room with earplugs in, but being in a social setting doesn’t help me concentrate. Following the final meet I needed to do about 16 pages in 2 days before the deadline. It was very frantic towards the end but I’m pleased to report I made it. I wrote about 20 pages in the end (just to show off) and finished with a page count of 106. Not bad considering I’ve never written any kind of script before in my life. It needs a hell of a lot of work, I’m not happy with the ending. I said once it was finished and edited I’d let people read it, and I still will. It may take a while though. I can reveal a few details that might interest you… or not.
The story contains 45 characters, some of them with only one line but still, it’s a lot. A few of them die but obviously I’m not going to reveal who, how or when. The story centres around police corruption, murder, corporate crime and chemicals. It’s called Chlorine and I really hope it will be worth reading. Soundtrack wise, I had a bit of an epiphany while writing the final scenes. I had Rhythmbox on shuffle and it threw up “Hands Of Time” by Groove Armada. It just fit the mood perfectly. What a track, I’m totally in love with it but apparently Michael Mann used it a lot on Collateral. Get off my lawn Michael!!
So with scripting madness eating up most of the week I didn’t get much time for blogging. This is the second week in a row I’ve not posted a meaty review, but I’m only lulling you in a false sense of security. Due to a strange series of events I’ve ended up on Ubuntu Jaunty at the moment and I’m writing a review of that now. Seems like a good idea since I’m here. I installed Chakra moments leaving the house on Tuesday, when I arrived at Parr St for the write in I discovered I couldn’t use the touchpad on the laptop. I had to set this up manually with an external mouse on Arch but I didn’t have one. So, finding an Ubuntu cd in my bag I just installed that instead and was able to get writing within half an hour. Man I love Linux. You’ll be able to read more about all of this in the articles I’m prepping at the moment. Brace yourselves.
As for the rest of the week, I went out in Liverpool with the Script Frenzy people on Friday night. It was a lot of fun and we managed to breath a collective sigh of relief over the passing of the deadline. I’ve tried to take it a bit easier over the weekend but ended up working on websites and other assorted schemes, no change there. Finally, I edited my interview with Christina Haralanova for this weeks podcast. You’ll be able to hear some of that in the show and I encourage you to listen, she was a great guest.
So, on the horizon we have plenty of articles to be finished and published. One about Ubuntu and another about Chakra Project. We’ll have Linux Outlaws on Monday night and it’s Liverpool LUG on Wednesday so I expect to see some of you there, or else! Apologies to Chester LUG that I didn’t make it last Thursday but with the script deadline that day and plenty of other things going on, it was a little frantic. I’ll see you all next week, in the meantime I’ll leave you with some music. This is Groove Armada with “Hands Of Time”, imagine the juxtaposition of this over scenes of prison riot, I’m getting cinematic… or poncy… or both 🙂